Unique coin designed by former UWIC student 

A SPECIAL commemorative coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the first Olympic Games to be held in London has been designed by a former student of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

Thomas Docherty is now an engraver for Royal Mint who have produced just 20,000 of the collectors edition £2 coin to mark the special anniversary.

Mr Docherty attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art & Design from 2001 to 2003 studying Product Design, during which time he won the Design for Manufacture Award.

He has since participated in a workshop in France with the Milan-based designer, James Irvine, and has exhibited at New Designers in London.

Having joined the Royal Mint's team of skilled engravers in 2005, Thomas has since become a fully qualified engraver and has been a finalist in a number of United Kingdom coin design competitions. His winning design for the £2 coin of 2008, his first United Kingdom coin design, is a tremendous accomplishment for a young designer and an achievement of which he is very proud.

“On designing the 1908 £2 coin I focused more on the ethos of the Olympic Games rather than London,” he said. “I wanted to use an iconic image of the Games, which I initially found difficult due to the number of events. After further research, I discovered that track events featured predominantly. By using the track image I could create a dynamic perspective that acts as a timeline from 1908 to the London Games of 2012.”

Roger Griffiths, senior lecturer on UWIC’s Product Design programme said: “It is a huge accolade for one of Thomas’ designs to be chosen for this commemorative coin. We are always pleased to hear when former students are excelling in their career and they become an inspiration for current students on the Product Design programme.”

For further information on the product designed by Thomas visit http://www.royalmint.com/PackedSets/UKLGCSP.aspx

Notes to Editors

The first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896, the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin. His dream was to bring together people of the world in a spirit of friendly competition where leading athletes could strive for victory and personal excellence. Since then the Games have become the greatest international celebration of sport.

The 1908 Games were originally scheduled to be held in Rome, but with the eruption in 1906 of Mount Vesuvius and the resulting devastation to the nearby city of Naples, the funds already raised for the Games had to be diverted to the city's reconstruction. At very short notice London staged a very successful Olympic Games that set new standards for those to come.

The 1908 Olympic Games were the first to be held in London and were a significant milestone in the history of the Games. For the occasion a purpose-built stadium was constructed, the first time that a stadium had been specially built for the Olympic Games. Considered to be a technological marvel, White City Stadium in Shepherd's Bush, London, boasted a capacity of well over 100,000 and was then the largest stadium in the world. It was officially opened by His Majesty King Edward VII on 27 April 1908 and ended in October making them the longest Games in Olympic history.

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